10 Amazing Places in Rio de Janeiro for a Beach Vacation

Rio de Janeiro is where people come to relax, socialize, and play. Stand up paddleboarding, surfing, bodyboarding, volleyball, futevolei (a hybrid volleyball/football combo), soccer, and swimming are all practiced along Rio’s beautiful coastline and across its many beaches. If you don’t want to get in on the sport scene, you can simply relax, maybe with a rented umbrella or chair, and enjoy snacks from the wandering vendors and drinks from the kiosks.

Whatever you choose, a day at one of Rio’s beaches is a day in paradise – the only hard part is choosing which beach vacation to enjoy!

Copacabana Beach

The most famous beach of Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana is known for the iconic wavy pattern of black and white tiles on its boardwalk, its white sand, its swaying palm trees, and its surplus of snack vendors for the swarm of tourists. It is the best place in Rio de Janeiro to enjoy the beachside lifestyle, and caters especially to tourists.

Kiosks for drinking and snacking line the popular promenade, and every day of the week tourists congregate here to enjoy the water and relaxing vibes.

Leme Beach

Located further down from Copacabana, Leme beach is most noteworthy for its picturesque location next to Morro do Leme (Leme Hill). One of the city’s best kept secrets, anyone can hike up Leme Hill, which is actually very safe and owned by the military, for the best views of Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Pao de Acucar and Copacabana beach.

Leme Beach itself is busy but less packed than Copacabana or Ipanema, and has a number of beachside kiosks for snacks and caipirinhas.

Praia Vermelha

Called the “red beach” for the color of the sand at sunset, Praia Vermelha is located in the shadow of Pao de Acucar. An absolute stunning backdrop for a calm and tranquil beach, Praia Vermelha is a great choice for swimmers who don’t like the stronger waves of the other beaches in Rio de Janeiro. It’s also the perfect location for a refreshing cool off swim after a hike up Morro da Urca.

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